Word of the Day

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

chattel

\CHAT-l\ , noun;
1.
Law. a movable article of personal property.
2.
any article of tangible property other than land, buildings, and other things annexed to land.
3.
a slave.
Quotes:
"Mr. Price has instructed me to visit with you and make arrangements for a transfer of chattel to the bank sufficient to cover the amount of "—he looked down at his clipboard— "one thousand dollars even."
-- Will Weaver, Red Earth White Earth, 1986
But now! Gervase himself had not seemed a very important part of that triumph a little while ago. He had been a chattel of hers, a piece of property as much her own as her parasol.
-- Margaret Oliphant, The Cuckoo in the Nest, 1892
Origin:
Chattel came to English in the 1400s and shares a root with the word cattle.
POWERED BY 4INFO
Get Word of the Day
Free Email Sign Up
Other Delivery Options:
Mobile app
iGoogle
Mac
Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Spanish
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
About PRIVACY POLICY Terms Careers Advertise with Us Contact Us Our Blog Suggest a Word Help